Naval Force Multiplier
The AW159 delivers unparalleled tactical capability in a compact and robust aircraft. As an evolution of the highly successful Lynx helicopter, the AW159 features new technologies and capabilities while building on operational experience gained across both battlefield and maritime domains. The combination of class-leading characteristics with state-of-the-art systems delivers an adaptable and agile platform able to find, fix and, if necessary, strike at the enemy even in harsh and hostile environments.
Missions & Features
The AW159 has been designed from inception as a multi-role naval helicopter with excellent Ship/Air Interface characteristics and compact dimensions for small deck operations. Embodying proven deck handling systems, the AW159 provides safe shipborne operations with minimal impact to the host ship, in adverse sea conditions. It is optimised to conduct Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR), maritime interdiction, Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Search and Rescue (SAR) operations. Able to interface seamlessly with uncrewed aircraft, it improves air support capability for extensive and complex operations based on a mix of platforms and systems.
The fully integrated mission systems coupled with role installable Active Dipping Sonar/Sonics solutions and weapons, ranging from torpedoes and anti-ship missiles to crew-served machine guns enable the AW159 to conduct Anti-Submarine/Surface Warfare and Maritime Patrol/Interdiction operations. The aircraft allows rapid and efficient collection, processing and assessment of information to deliver unrivalled situational awareness and tactical advantage. The Human Machine Interface (HMI) reduces aircrew workload and ensures greater mission effectiveness.
Built-in safety and reliability
In addition to the inherent safety features that make the AW159 a very robust aircraft, the naval variant is fitted with a four-bag floatation system, Crash Position Indicator and Sonar Locating Beacon. It can be equipped with a fully integrated Scalable Defensive Aids Suite, with combined Radar Warning and Electronic Surveillance Measures, Missile and Laser Warning fully integrated into the tactical processor for enhanced situational awareness.
The robust design, compact dimensions, high thrust margins and excellent control response deliver excellent operational capabilities from small decks in extreme weather conditions. These attributes coupled with a Deck Lock system and negative thrust capability assure maximum safety during deck operations in adverse conditions up to Sea State 6.
The AW159 is capable of performing a wide range of battlefield roles including Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR); ground attack, close air support, Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC); Search and Rescue (SAR); and cargo resupply.
Cabin space provides the option to equip the helicopter with auxiliary fuel tanks without compromising weapon carriage. It also enables secondary role capability such as movement of specialist teams or Command and Control (C2) operations, delivering greater operational flexibility than a dedicated attack platform. Even in the armed reconnaissance role, the AW159 offers firepower capability and additional possibilities that are not usually available on combat helicopters. Modern mission sensors afford excellent tactical and threat awareness at stand-off ranges within contested environments.
With a reduced radar and infrared signature platform, Low Probability of Intercept Surveillance Radar, Integrated Defensive Aids Suite and crew and fuel system ballistic protection, the AW159 offers class-leading technological features in a battlefield-proven 5th generation aircraft. Capable of conducting surveillance at stand-off ranges and, when armed, the helicopter can deliver attack capability against asymmetric, armoured and fortified targets. The integrated video downlink and Tactical Data Link (TDL) enable the AW159 to disseminate information across the digital battlespace and conduct collaborative operations with uncrewed systems.
Safety and survivability
With engine infrared suppression, a radar signature-reducing structure, low transmitted emissions, ballistic protection and comprehensive self-protection measures, the AW159 can be operated in the most demanding threat environments while providing high levels of survivability. These advanced features enable the AW159 to meet the requirement to operate autonomously in harsh weather and hostile locations. AFCS Wings Level features plus extensive redundancy in structures, avionics and critical systems, combined with a proven 30-minute run-dry transmission capability, ensure the highest standards of safety in all conditions.
Ease of maintenance
To maximise operational effectiveness, it is essential to minimise the maintenance burden. With this in mind, the AW159 is specifically designed to facilitate direct interventions in the field, providing support equipment and minimising personnel involved. The aircraft has a sophisticated, fully integrated analysis and diagnosis system for potential failures, accompanied by digital technical publications to support operators, reducing intervention times and containing costs.
Max Gross Weight
6,100 kg / 13,448 lb
15.24 m / 50 ft 0 in
13.49 m / 44 ft 03 in
3.73 m / 12 ft 03 in
12.80 m / 42 ft 03 in
1 Pilot, 1 Co-pilot/TACCO
6 troops on crashworthy seating
Max Cruise Speed (ISA, MGW, SL, MCP)
263 km/h 142 kt
Rate of climb (ISA, MGW, SL, MCP)
9.84 m/s 1,937 ft/min
HIGE (ISA, MGW, SL, MCP)
2,185 m 7,172 ft
HOGE (ISA, MGW, SL, MCP)
1,110 m 3,570 ft
Max Range (ISA, MGW, SL, MCP)
463 km 250 nm
Max Endurance (ISA, MGW, SL, MCP)